UPDATED: Ursel's Team BC wins pair to keep pace with leader at Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships
Team BC had the offence running on all cylinders Tuesday at the 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships in Digby, Nova Scotia, scoring 16 points en route to a pair of wins.
Skip Bob Ursel and third Dave Stephenson, both of Kelowna, second Don Freschi of Trail and lead Fred Thomson of Nelson doubled Grant Odishaw of New Brunswick 6-3 to open the day before blasting Ed Sattelberger of Nunavet 10-2 in six ends.
The two wins keeps Team BC, 3-1, within striking distance of top spot in Pool B standings.
Alan O’Leary of host Nova Scotia leads the standings with a 4-0 record.
Team BC meets Rod MacDonald of PEI in the morning draw before tackling O’Leary in the final game of the preliminary round.
The top four teams in both pools advance to the Championship round beginning Thursday.
Ursel’s Team BC locked in five-way tie at Canadian Seniors
Team BC rink of skip Bob Ursel and third Dave Stephenson, both of Kelowna, second Don Freschi of Trail and lead Fred Thomson of Nelson, finished opening day at the 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships in Digby, Nova Scotia with a 1-1 record.
Richard Faguy’s Team Quebec scored a single in the eighth end to edge Ursel 6-5 in the evening draw of the Men’s Pool B.
Trailing 5-2 after Faguy stole a pair in the fifth end, Ursel scored a duece in the sixth before stealing a single in the seventh to tie up the contest.
With last rock in the eighth, Faguy played the end to perfection to score the winning point.
The loss drops Ursel into a five-way tie for second after the opening day of preliminary round action.
Ursel opened the Championships with a 9-3 victory over Jeff Thomas in seventh ends from Newfoundland and Labrador.
Ursel built a 5-2 lead after five ends, then put the game out of reach with a four spot in the seventh.
Team BC returns to the ice Tuesday with games against Grant Odishaw of New Brunswick and Ed Sattelberger of Nunavet.
Wednesday Ursel concludes the preliminary round against Rod MacDonald of PEI and Alan O’Leary of host Nova Scotia.
In the women’s draw, Diane Foster of Kelowna is 1-1 after defeating Robin Manoll of Nunavut and losing a close game to Jo-Ann Rizzo of Team Ontario.